Tove Jansson exhibition is touring in Europe from autumn 2016 onwards. In 2014, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Tove Jansson, the exhibition was held in Helsinki at the Art Museum Ateneum. Over 300 000 people visited the exhibition in Finland and during 2015 the touring exhibition in Japan delighted over 260 000 visitors in total of five museums. The Europe tour will begin from Millesgården in Stockholm, Sweden.
In the end of 2014, right after the successful exhibition at Ateneum, the preparations for the touring exhibition began with the main partners. Exhibition’s content planning started already in spring 2015 but the final selection of the works was done a year later. The selected works for the exhibition are borrowed from the private owners and from the Tampere Art Museum and Moomin Characters’ own collections.
The exhibition covers all the periods in Jansson’s productive career, including paintings from her surrealistic period in the 1930s up to the more abstract works in the 1960s and ‘70s, as well as her satirical anti-war illustrations for the magazine Garm, her monumental paintings for public spaces, and of course her enormously popular and internationally renowned Moomin characters and stories. Source.
Ateneum’s own conservators document, check and frame all the works for the exhibition. Some of the works must also be conservated before being framed but the biggest conservating have already been done before the exhibition in Ateneum in 2014. Even so it is important to document the condition of the works before the touring exhibition starts.
Exhibition preparations include also writing the informational texts and translations. Similarly, the production of audiovisual material and the exhibition catalog are significant works to prepare. After framing the works are transported and once again checked before the installation of the exhibition. Click below to enlarge the timeline picture and see what is it required to build an exhibition!
Photos are from the exhibition at Ateneum in 2014.